A granny flat like no other

A granny flat like no other

Modern style was achieved with traditional techniques in a typical Hong Kong high-rise.

Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 11:34pm

PET friendly

Good news for cat and dog lovers: new domestic appliances are designed to make busy lives easier by taking care of pet hair and odour, so humans and their animal companions can enjoy a healthy, clean environment.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

The truth sucks

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Blaze kills elderly man, burns teen girl helping

An elderly man died, and a teenage girl helping was severely burned, in a blaze that swept an old tenement building in Jordan.

The 18-year-old girl, Tang Ho-hei, helped the man, 64, and his wife, 58, escape, but he was certified dead after about 20 hours. The wife and Tang were in critical condition.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Making a design statement with eco-friendly bamboo

Julia Washbourne recalls a life-changing moment in Ivory Coast five years ago, when she was on her way to visit a coffee plantation. Her vehicle was bumping down a dirt road towards a huge 'tunnel' made of thick, tree-tall bamboo trunks.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Months of work to finish opened station

Travellers arriving at Nanjing South railway station are greeted by the hammer of pneumatic drills, the shrill squeal of cutting tools and the sharp tang of cement dust in the air.

Building work at the massive new station - purportedly the biggest transport hub in Asia - is far from finished, over a week after its opening.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

4 die in suspicious blaze at tenement

A pregnant woman, her two sons aged one and six, and a teenage girl were killed yesterday as a suspicious fire ripped through their 54-year-old tenement building.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Structures crackdown official under fire

The top official with the job of cracking down on illegal structures on buildings is embroiled in a row over possible conflict of interest after approving the sliding windows on a balcony at his home without going through the formal procedure.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Right products key to success of DIY

Forewarned is forearmed when it comes to do-it-yourself jobs. Though almost everything you will need is available in Hong Kong, it is sometimes hard to differentiate between similar-sounding products in stores.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Door shut on safety check at The Icon

Building officers were yesterday refused entry to the controversial Mid-Levels project The Icon to investigate claims that tiles on the external walls of the residential tower were in danger of falling off.

15 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Wall coverings enter fashion world

'Home is the wallpaper above the bed,' renowned journalist Henry Grunwald once wrote. Although wall coverings may not attract as much attention as their bulkier cousins, the couch and the bed, they are instrumental in making a home feel like home.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Developers factor in bonus area when bidding, 'so it's not free'

Developers factored in bonus floor area - given by the government in return for their providing 'green features' - when deciding what price to bid for a site, the Real Estate Developers Association said. Therefore it was unfair to say they got the bonus areas at no cost, it said.

30 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Owner asks what to do with historic shophouse

The owner of a 79-year-old shophouse in Happy Valley, one of the earliest buildings in the area and once part of a cluster of European-style structures, is asking the public to help decide what to do with it.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

The number's up for developers who skip floors

A new guideline will restrict property developers to skipping unlucky floor numbers '4', '13' and those ending in '4'.

17 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Gross floor areas

September 10, 2008 was a happy day for the staff of Mong Kok's Tatami Hampton Hotel. The Home Affairs Department lifted a suspension on the budget hotel's operating licence, giving it clearance to reopen for business following three months of legal wrangling.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am